Infographics and Data Visualization: In the classroom with… 5,000 other students!

I’m starting a 6-week course titled “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization” at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Online and free, it attracted more than 5,000 students from 133 countries. It’s clearly the most well attended course I’ve ever followed!

A Nieman Lab article asks: “Could this evolve into journalism-training-for-all?” It’s the second edition of this course and the enrolment has almost doubled. It seems online education offers something that is missing in regular colleges: up-to-date teaching on the newest tools available.

It’s true that today news specialists are all about Infographics and Data Visualization. Many predictions about the future of journalism see them as the next big thing. If you want to stay ahead of the game, knowing how to present data seems to be essential.

This renewed love for numbers makes perfect sense – although many say journalists are useless with them. The web is a data goldmine. We create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. Yet, people get busier and busier… leaving them with very little time to understand this avalanche of numbers. So it seems logical that journalism would take upon itself to organize, filter and shed light on this information overload. Isn’t what newsmakers do, pinpoint to what is important?

If you are interested in how to present data, I suggest you take a look at this list of interesting and practical tools.

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